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Health

Child wellness visits should be part of 'back to school' plan

As you check off your back-to-school list, don’t forget about your child’s health checklist. August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This is a great time to work with your …

Obesity rates rising in South Central Florida

Florida’s obesity rates are lower than the national average, but South Central Floridians have put on weight over the past 10 years …
This July 17 map from the Centers for Disease Control shows counties at low, medium and high risk for COVID-19 transmission. Okeechobee County (highlighted) is at high risk, as our Highlands, Hendry, Palm Beach and Martin counties. Glades and Collier counties are at medium risk. [Art courtesy CDC]

New covid variant blamed for increased positive cases

Most of Florida is at high risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
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Hendry County to conduct aerial adult mosquito treatments

Hendry County will be conducting aerial adult mosquito control operations over the Pioneer Plantation and LaDeca Communities...

Selma Daniels Education Scholarship reaches $20,000 in donations

Established in 2020, the Selma Daniels Education Scholarship was created to memorialize the life and contributions of Selma Daniels...

Safire is Pet of the Week

Meet Safire. Need a little love? This one year old sweetie has lots of love to give.
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Police/Fire

The following individuals were arrested on felony or (DUI charges by HCSO, CPD, FHP, FWC, and DOC...

CLEWISTON – Law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help with information about a fatal accident that took the life of a pedestrian on Saturday ...
Clewiston police are looking for a person witnessed throwing a puppy from a moving vehicle at the intersection of …
Agriculture
Despite millions of dollars spent on eradication programs, Florida is once again battling Giant African Land Snails.
Mike Rowe’s How America Works pays tribute to some of the nation’s most vital industries while providing viewers...
Wildlife & Environment
“The TRCP works hard to ensure that the biennial Water Resources Development Act is not overlooked by sportsmen and sportswomen — or lawmakers — because...
When rain falls on a forest, some of that water is taken up by trees and other plants and released back into the...
Business Corner
LaBelle Outfitters is located at 274 N. Bridge Street in LaBelle.

LaBelle Outfitters clothing store offers variety, affordable prices

LaBelle Outfitters, a new clothing store opening Friday, July 15, is catering to the unique needs of the community.
January 2007 calendar, During the excitement of the holiday season, many people overspend. Bring this and other debt uder control often seems like a daunting task. IFAS Extension family economics programs are helping people regain control of their finances by providing money management tips for reducing debt. UF/IFAS.

Find Your Frugal: Five ways to save on banking, avoid fees

As interest rates begin to rise, consumers will start to see pros and cons to changes in their account terms.

LDRC receives 2022 Main Street America Accreditation

LABELLE — LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation (LDRC) has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ program …
Veterans
LABELLE -- The First Baptist Church Trail of Life Group helped with the flag ceremony. [Photo courtesy American Legion Post 130]

Legion post holds Flag Retirement Ceremony

LABELLE -- On June 14 Dana-Howard-Weekley American Legion Post 130 held a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the post.

American Legion Post 130 hosts Memorial Day Services

FORT DENAUD -- American Legion Post #120 held Memorial Day Services in Felda and at the Fort Denaud Cemetery on May 30. …
Veterans David Williams and John Widdows have been friends for 53 years.

Veteran Williams adopted a duck in Vietnam

David Williams was born in Ohio but raised in Belle Glade.
Weather
The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties (FDOH-Hendry/Glades) is urging the public...
Heavy rains are predicted to impact our area this weekend. It is important to be prepared for flooding.
Sports Around The Lake
The Clewiston 12U All-Star softball team has earned a spot in the 2022 Babe Ruth Softball World Series happening on the Treasure Coast from July 19-27.
LEHIGH ACRES -- Wednesday, June 22 was an evening that LaBelle natives would not soon forget.
These guys just won over North Naples 8-4 and won the Little League 10U district 18 championship.
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The Santa Express today brought the joy of the holiday season to local families ...

Two years after the pandemic scrapped many people’s vacation plans, travelers are seeking new experiences...
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy died after being left in a car outside a South Florida preschool where both his parents are staff members, police said. The child was one of several …
Schools

Stephanie Busin is running for Hendry County School Board District 4

Lake Okeechobee News and Caloosa Belle Independent reached out to candidates running for Hendry County Board of County Commissioners...

Hendry, Glades school districts applaud new school safety law

With schools getting ready to reopen Wed, Aug. 10, in both Hendry and Glades school districts, a new school safety bill …

LaBelle Middle School issues dress code

The goal of the LaBelle Middle School (LMS) dress code is to create a culture of academic excellence...

Burton receives degree from Radford University

Tyler Brooks Burton, of LaBelle, graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology...
Government

Emory Howard running for Hendry County District 2 commission

Lake Okeechobee News and Caloosa Belle Independent reached out to candidates running for Hendry County Board of County Commissioners ...

Matt Rentz runs for Hendry County Dist. 2 Commission

Lake Okeechobee News and Caloosa Belle Independent reached out to candidates running for …

Miya's Law strengthens residential tenant safety

The murder of a young Orlando college student in 2021 was the impetus for a bill signed into law June 27 by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Health

Learn hands-on only CPR

United Way and the American Red Cross present a Day of Action, a hands-only CPR class.
Most of Florida is now at high risk of COVID-19. Glades and Hendry County (highlighted on map) are at medium risk. [Image courtesy CDC]

Most of Florida at high risk for COVID-19

Most of Florida is now considered at “high” risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades counties are at medium risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control map published June 26. [Art courtesy CDC]

Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades counties at 'medium' risk for COVID-19

With much of Florida now considered at high risk for COVID-19, Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades Counties remain at “medium” risk ...
Entertainment
CLEWISTON – David Phelps will be in concert at the John Boy Auditorium on June 6.

David Phelps concert set for June 12

The unmistakable sound of multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps will be featured in Clewiston, on Sunday, June 12 ...
"The Little Shop of Horrors" production at The Fireside Theatre

Firehouse Theatre approaching 30 years of entertaining LaBelle

When a small dinner theater located in the Hendry Isles RV Resort closed in 1993, …

Firehouse Theatre presents ‘Barefoot in the Park’

LABELLE — The Firehouse Theatre will present a romantic comedy by Neil Simon; “Barefoot in the Park.” ...
Traffic & Road Work

SR 80 construction update

Crews will be resurfacing and widening portions of …

Wheeler Road area surveying planned

Beginning the week of June 20,  AIM Engineering and Surveying will be performing surveying services on Wheeler Road from 13th Place to 23rd Terrace.
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Road closure planned

Ventura Avenue from San Jose Street to Francisco Avenue will be closed Friday, June 9.
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Hendry County discusses Hendry Isles Boulevard roadwork

Clewiston resident, Judy Weaver, spoke at the regular meeting of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners May 10 …
Opinion
Two years after the pandemic scrapped many people’s vacation plans, travelers are seeking new experiences...
Taking oxycodone at the same time as certain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a commonly prescribed class of antidepressant...
Powerful storm systems triggered flash flooding across the U.S. in late July, inundating St. Louis neighborhoods...
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Florida man filming sunrise killed when sand dune collapses

HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A 35-year-old Florida man who was recording the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean died when a sand dune collapsed on top of him, sheriff's officials said. A …

3 dead in shooting at Florida Narcotics Anonymous meeting

EDGEWATER, Fla. (AP) — Three people are dead following a shooting and hostage situation at Narcotics Anonymous meeting in Florida, police said. Officers responded to a report that a man was …

Vegan Florida mom faces sentence in starvation death of son

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A vegan mother who said she and her family followed a strict diet of only raw fruits and vegetables faced sentencing on Monday in the malnutrition death of her 18-month-old …
Nation & World

Israel-Gaza truce shines light on Palestinian hunger striker

IDNA, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian hunger striker who his family says has refused food for the past 160 days and is wasting away in an Israeli jailhouse infirmary has suddenly been thrust into …

Vatican cardinal honors Jewish convert, tells his own story

ROME (AP) — A Vatican cardinal marked the 80th anniversary Tuesday of the gas chamber killing of the Jewish-born Catholic convert Edith Stein by celebrating a Mass near the former Auschwitz death …

India's parliament passes energy conservation bill

BENGALURU, India (AP) — On the heels of finalizing its updated climate targets, the Indian government took another step toward their climate goals by passing amendments to a 21-year-old energy …
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